I’m trading off two designs for miter slot bars. The stock table and standard miter gauge looks like:
My two piece build-up looks like:
Removing the tabs looks like:
This is a pretty fun tradeoff.
Either uses available materials although removing the tabs uses one piece of material not two. The two piece build-up requires a method to bond the two bars together. I’m going to give JB Weld (the Qwik version) a shot. One bar is less expensive than two, but the shipping was more than the materials anyway. 5/8” stock is not available from my local Lowes Depot.
If the slot was modified, it would mean that the miter gauge is no longer supported in the slot by the top of the T. That may or may not make a difference. Plus the bottom of the miter gauge could be replaced by the bar stock. Modifying the table takes about an hour (according to one comment earlier in the thread) so that’s not too bad. It will “look funny” but that’s really no big deal.
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.